So Miki’s new single is nearly upon us. It’s a lovely mellow and mature song with a rather beautiful video to match. I like a lot of Morning Musume’s later singles (some of their best songs have come out in the second half of their career to date) but would love to see them go the mature route ever now and again. It couldn’t harm their stature. I’d love to hear some songs similar in tone to, say, Furusato or Morning Coffee. I guess the nearest we’ve had in recent years is Aruiteru (a song that stands out to me not just because it’s a good song but because it’s so different in tone and style to all the singles that surround it). Still if singers peel off from MM and go onto solo careers doing songs like this then at least that’s something.